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This is why Kate and Mary Berry were at RHS Wisley earlier

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This is why Kate and Mary Berry were at RHS Wisley earlier

Published by Josh Kerr at 4:58pm 10th September 2019. (Updated at 5:08pm 10th September 2019)

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has been joined by Mary Berry at the opening of a new garden at RHS Wisley.

The Back to Nature Garden is aimed at children and providing a space where families can play, discover and relax in a natural environment.

To mark the garden's opening the Duchess planted a weeping blue cedar tree.

Inspired by show gardens co-designed by The Duchess at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, the garden is a place for families and friends to have fun in nature.

It includes features from the original garden at Chelsea, including the hollow log and boulders from the waterfall, as well as the wildflower meadow, hidden burrow and rolling hill from the Hampton Court design. ​

Duchess of Cambridge at Wisley
Duchess of Cambridge at Wisley

New elements include a ‘bouncing forest’, where visitors can jump on trampolines surrounded by trees, two treehouses linked via a walkway with slides, and a living willow pod.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said:

“RHS Garden Wisley is our flagship garden, welcoming over a million visitors a year, many of whom are families with young children, who we want to become the next generation of gardeners.

“How magical for these children to play somewhere that has been inspired by gardens co-designed by The Duchess.  

“We are grateful to The Duchess for the incredible impact that this ‘Back to Nature’ collaboration has had.

“There is no doubt that this project, through her passion and vision, has highlighted that access to natural environments and green spaces isn’t just a nice to have, it’s vital to have.”

To celebrate the opening of the new play garden a “Back to Nature Garden Festival” will take place at RHS Garden Wisley all this week until Sunday (15 September).

Kate at Wisley
Kate at Wisley
Duchess of Cambridge at Wisley

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